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GOP Candidate Jankord: Life Nicer Where People “Look a Little Bit More Like We Do”

Republican District 13 House candidate and South Dakota Development Corporation loan veep Brad Jankord goes on the Dakota Town Hall podcast to talk about his “business-focused family values,” which apparently include keeping his kids isolated from people who don’t look like him (ff to 25:20 in the audio):

And I obviously have a young family who’s, you know, I’ve got a four-year-old boy and a six-year-old girl, and you know, that’s my passion, to make sure that when they get older, they have the sense of pride that I do in South Dakota. I mean, I love this state. When I lived in Minnesota, people would always say, oh yeah, Minneapolis is so cool, and granted, it is, for different reasons, but, you know, I always joke that the Minnesota Nice really should be South Dakota Nice, and you know, outside of the Cities obviously they look a little bit more like we do, um, you know, where you can greet your neighbor, but, yeah, anyway… [Brad Jankord, interviewed on Dakota Town Hall, “Rippin Up Some Carpet,” transcribed from audio, retrieved 2023.11.12].

Yes, because we know how uncomfortable South Dakota Republicans are being nice to people who don’t look like them.

Brad Jankord (right) keeping South Dakota White—er, Nice—at the SD Development Corporation, FB photo, 2022.08.22
Brad Jankord (right) keeping South Dakota White—er, Nice—at the SD Development Corporation, FB photo, 2022.08.22
But boy, I wonder how Jankord manages to greet those business prospects from Minneapolis who don’t look like the SDDC board when they come looking for loans to expand their operations to South Dakota.


  1. Joe 2023-11-12 11:15

    Saying the quiet part out loud. Every South Dakotan – including the brown and Black folks – pay his salary.

  2. Donald Pay 2023-11-12 12:09

    It’s really sad that this guy is working for the State of South Dakota. Your last sentence really had me think that I’d be looking at his loan portfolio to see how he’s performing with minority applicants. I don’t think this guy should be handling business loans with the attitude that he displays. I doubt he could be fair to minority applicants.

  3. e platypus onion 2023-11-12 13:00

    Is there a token Black or Red citizen employed by magat gubmint in Northern Mississippi? Are they all emaciated white like Noem?

  4. All Mammal 2023-11-12 15:11

    Systemic racism is a thing and critical race theory is viable because, as this guy even further demonstrates, the theory has yet to be disproven. SD reenforces the tenets of CRT each day.

  5. O 2023-11-12 17:06

    How many SDDC recipients are kept profitable by workers that don’t “look a bit like we do?” The GOP is fine with minorities as long as they work hard (don’t go on welfare, saving that for the white folks do) use the back door, are not seen in the wrong neighborhoods, and keep the profits rolling upwards.

  6. Witch Tracy 2023-11-12 17:43

    I know Brad. I know his folks. I know his family. This is NOT how he was raised. His is appalling. .

  7. Witch Tracy 2023-11-12 17:45

    His STATEMENT is appalling.

  8. Richard Schriever 2023-11-12 18:04

    WT – “This is NOT how he was raised.” You mean saying these things out loud?

  9. Laurisa 2023-11-12 19:11

    I know Brad’s mother; I’ve previously worked with her within the South Dakota United Church of Christ Conference, and the Conference’s Prairie Lakes Association. She is a wonderful, caring, loving pastor dedicated to inclusion and making everyone feel welcome and cared for, and I’m really surprised that her son would say something like this. I’m sure she’s disappointed as well!

  10. Donald Pay 2023-11-12 19:32

    I think Jankord doesn’t actually work for the state. This agency was spun off into a nonprofit some years ago.

  11. James Cadwell 2023-11-12 20:05

    Conscious bias or unconscious bias they both have no place in our state.

  12. Arlo Blundt 2023-11-12 21:33

    Appalling?? Absolutely. Mr. Jankford is the new political aristocracy in South Dakota. Our Best and Brightest. Appallingly ignorant.

  13. Edwin Arndt 2023-11-12 21:59

    The fact is that most people are more comfortable with people
    that look like themselves. Jankord just said it out loud.
    Call me what you will, you know I’m right.

  14. Arlo Blundt 2023-11-12 23:13

    Edwin–AND SO WHAT???? It is an ignorant and insensitive position for a person who seeks to represent all South Dakotans in the State Legislature.

  15. bearcreekbat 2023-11-13 02:03

    If Edwin’s proposition had legs I constantly would be in deep discomfort as I have never seen anyone quite as homely as I am, i.e that “looks like” me. Lucky me, however, I guess I am not part of the “most people” Edwin is referring to. But this is still a bit puzzling as “most people” I see don’t really look much like each other either, not even the good looking ones.

  16. jerry 2023-11-13 03:30

    The last thing I want to be around is a bunch of fat people, like me at a Chinese all you can eat buffet. The absolute worse is when you are not even close to getting your plate. No, I like diversity in color, language, stature, age….etc. I guess jankof doesn’t like to watch pro football, basketball, baseball on the teevee, or heaven forbid, go to an actual game. Yikes!!

  17. Donald Pay 2023-11-13 08:55

    What Edwin said is cringeworthy, but it is right in line with what critical race theory says about the difference between individual racial prejudice and systematic racism. It’s one thing for people to feel a bit less comfortable surrounded by people who they don’t know and may have a different culture or skin color. It’s another to take that natural reaction and elevate it into a system in which that prejudice is used to keep people in their place through a system of discrimination or unequal control.

    I most worry about whether Jankord’s personal sentiments in some way describe how he does his job at the South Dakota Development Corporation, which is supposed to facilitate business development through government loan programs. I want to know whether he is distributing those government benefits in a way that is not discriminatory.

    I think Jankord could benefit from a some diversity training and an understanding of CRT. It’s either that, or Jankord should be let go.

    I also worry about Jankord’s

  18. larry kurtz 2023-11-13 08:59

    John Dale admits he moved to Spearditch because it’s a Nazi enclave.

  19. Edwin Arndt 2023-11-13 09:03

    Oh, yes. Back when this country was settled, (NE SD, SE ND) The Germans went
    to one church, the Norwegians went to a different church, all Christian, mostly Lutheran, actually.
    ( Go ahead, P., pile on.) In many cities, even to this day, there are ethnic neighborhoods.
    Birds of a feather flock together. If diversity and inclusion happened naturally, we wouldn’t be
    paying people to promote diversity and inclusion.

  20. larry kurtz 2023-11-13 09:10

    South Dakota wasn’t settled, it was overrun.

  21. Donald Pay 2023-11-13 09:15

    Edwin is correct. Once you get to know people, work with them, play with them most of those prejudices go away. Public schools broke down a lot of those natural prejudices. There were a lot of ethnic, racial and religious prejudices in Sioux Falls. In my neighborhood we had a lot of different religions represented. Our differences didn’t mean squat when we were playing sandlot football. Did we discuss our different faiths? Yeah, it was enlightening to know people didn’t have to believe the same to like each other enough play sofball.

  22. Fran Apland 2023-11-13 09:16

    Looking like you and your children is a failed system putting people with brown skin that do most of the lesser pay jobs in the country at a disadvantage. Wake up and realized that we are no longer in a small town or state economy. To survive in life a business a country and wold view must prevail. I believe that BJ will work himself and his children out of the market through attrition to those with a wider lens. PS – let’s remember all those diverse folks that have and are serving in the military!

  23. All Mammal 2023-11-13 14:50

    Mr. Arndt- I’m glad you brought up P. Aitch. No hide nor hair from him in awhile. I hope he’s at a show somewhere, taking care not to headbang.

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